America's Middle Class Promise Begins Early
New HHS Launches New Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s Administration on Children and Families (ACF) has funded a new cross-sector Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System.
ED-HHS Release Joint Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) highlight the importance of family engagement by releasing a joint policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).
ED's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and HHS's Office of Head Start (OHS) are partnering to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebrating this year's theme: "Communication Takes are." Join us for the BHSM Coffee Break Webinar series May 16-20, 2016 to learn more about the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.
Support for Early Learning in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
The President's budget request expands access to high-quality early learning while investing in innovation and evaluation to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices for our youngest learners and improve educational outcomes in the early grades. The budget:
Supports voluntary, universal preschool.
The mandatory Preschool for All initiative would invest $75 billion over 10 years in a federal-state partnership aimed at providing all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
Builds on the success of the Preschool Development Grants program to help jumpstart Preschool for All.
Consistent with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the budget provides $350 million for Preschool Development Grants in the Department of Health and Human Services request to support the fourth and final year of funding for the 18 current grantees as well as new activities intended to better coordinate and expand early learning services for children and families.
Supports special education services to children ages 3 through 5.
The request provides an increase of $35 million over the fiscal year 2016 level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 Preschool Grants, as well as additional flexibility for schools and districts to provide coordinated early intervention services for preschool-age children.
Provides additional funds for early intervention services for infants and toddlers.
The request for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families is an increase of $45 million over the 2016 level and would allow the Department to reserve $15 million to make new competitive grants to public-private partnerships to support community-based model demonstration projects that increase screening and delivery of evidence-based services.
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